Mercury Retrograde in Gemini and Mindfulness

Mercury Retrograde in Gemini and Mindfulness

I run a free group on Facebook where the members are able to express themselves and ask questions in a less public space. Louise Edington’s Cosmic Connections (please join us if you are not already a member) is an active community and I get some quite deep questions in there. As we wane to the New Moon in Taurus and Mercury stations to turn retrograde in Gemini a member posted the following. “When have we not been asked to slow down and do inner work, really? I am finding that starting to cause me turmoil as I have daily work to accomplish and now I am battling my mind to be productive and do my inner work. We can’t stop tasks that drive our businesses, so help us recognize what’s a balance of slow down and still not close our doors. I am truly battling how to shift from slowing down and dealing with inner to the pace needed to consistently move forward in business. We are such complex beings and I am feeling overwhelmed with fact I’d like to work on ONE at a time.”   Of course this sparked my own inner review process and this blog post was birthed. What IS the message of this retrograde period? I have had my usual Mercury Retrograde rant about working with the energies and not fearing it in my Mercury Retrograde in Gemini post. I also say that life can’t stop for something that happens 3 and sometimes 4 times a year. No, we can’t stop doing the tasks that drives our businesses and lives. That would just be...

The Big Leap and My Upper Limit Syndrome

I started writing this week. Finally. I said as a child that I wanted to write. I never have. Formally at least. I have too many limiting beliefs around being a writer. I don’t feel good enough. I don’t know what to write. Why would anyone want to read what I write? I even started a writers group with a friend about two years ago. And started scraps of writing here and there. I still haven’t even published a free eBook. I even stopped blogging for a while! Well for months really. But it never goes away. I want to write. I don’t really care what sort of writer. In fact I have so many ideas that I could write in multiple genres. Elizabeth Gilbert is my hero. Because she just writes. She writes what she feels like writing. Fiction and Non Fiction. It’s quite funny really because when I first read Eat, Pray, Love I called it self indulgent twaddle. I think I was just jealous. She just writes. And people love her writing. And she changes some lives. In my incarnation as an astrologer, my other passion, I felt the shift recently as we ended the tumultuous Uranus/Pluto square followed by two very powerful eclipses and I felt compelled to write. I started blogging. If you look back over the last two weeks the frequency is staggering after a long absence. And I actually started my first book. I took a big leap. Interestingly, at the same time, Gay Hendricks book, The Big Leap, which I first read 5 years ago, kept coming up for me everywhere....
Taurus: Time to Ground And Know Your Core Values

Taurus: Time to Ground And Know Your Core Values

Taurus I know it well. My Mum has a Taurus sun along with Mercury and Uranus in Taurus. It’s who comes to mind every time I think of Taurus energy. She loves to cook. She loves to entertain. She loves to indulge. She loves comfort. And she’s steady. And stubborn. She won’t be pushed. She’s deliberate and loyal. Taurus rules the throat, neck and thyroid and she had her thyroid gland removed at a fairly young age. Taurus is sensual and my Mum likes to feel good. Taurus loves a happy, harmonious and stable home. And that, for the most part, is the energy┬áI grew up in. Taurus is fixed and boy does she have some set ideas. Taurus is earth. My Mum wears earth tones almost all the time. It’s the most earthy of all the signs and is the sign most connected with nature and the body and all things manifest, including money. Taurus is ruled by Venus and, therefore, likes to be surrounded by things that are pleasing and soothing to the senses. Taurus is the most material of all the signs but it’s more about reward for persistence and their steady drive towards their goals. We are very different. But there she is on the cusp of my fourth house. The house of the childhood home. The house ruled by Cancer and the moon, the great mother. And the house of family history and traditions. The house of our roots. And the house of the home that we create. I am deeply connected to my maternal ancestors. I never felt that way about my paternal...
Uranus/Pluto and Me

Uranus/Pluto and Me

This post might be one of the longest I have ever written. I pride myself on being an open book. Yet there are times where that’s harder. Especially where others are involved. This morning I read a post by another astrologer, Astrolore’s Open Hearted Explanation. It inspired me to write my own story of change, pain and transformation through the Uranus/Pluto square. This has mainly come through my daughter. For those who understand some of the astrology my daughter was born on Nov 2 1997 at 4.30am in Derby, England. I know she will no longer mind me sharing all this. Because she is coming out of her terrible time. The Uranus/Pluto square has basically been sitting on all my daughters angles for much of the last 3/4 years. Astrologers will often have differing views on ‘orbs’. This means how far the transiting (where the planets are now) planets are away from the affected spot in the natal chart. But I clearly see that my daughter was starting to feel this back in 2012 and even 2011 - when there was a ‘near miss’ between Uranus and Pluto. The fall of 2011 is when she feels her depression began. But the energies really started to kick in in the middle of 2013 when she was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. She had, however, been coming to this. She had been depressed for months. No longer the bright happy girl I gave birth to. Years of ill health of one kind of thing or another were taking their toll. ‘Glue Ear’ as a child. Her respiratory tubes were almost completely...
After the Annus Horriblis: Getting The Message!

After the Annus Horriblis: Getting The Message!

Wow, wow wow is all I can say. Repeatedly. What a year. I feel a bit like the Queen of England when I say what an annus horriblis (horrible year) it was! I’m English though so I can get away with it. And I am the Queen of my own world. So, you know. Or more like horrible 18 months or two year even! Or even three years for some parts of it! Not all bad of course but, man, that Uranus/Pluto square was tough. And transformational. And bumpy. And shocking in some ways. It’s not completely over yet. Uranus and Pluto will pull apart but then Uranus will turn retrograde at the end of July and by January they will only be a degree apart again. But the effects are fading. It’s time to assimilate all the changes and the lessons. And, as Mercury, the messenger of the Gods, squares Pluto tomorrow, the 7th April, and conjuncts Uranus in Aries the next day before going cazimi (into the heart of the Sun, ie exactly conjunct) with the Sun on Thursday, April 9th. And Jupiter, the planet of expansion, abundance and good fortune is trining all this and turns direct on Wednesday April 8th when the Moon is in Jupiter ruled Sagittarius! What does all this mean? BIG forward movement. BIG ideas. BIG messages. BIG voice. BIG firey energy. And all of it forming a Grand Trine to my Jupiter and then Sun in Sagittarius in my twelth house. Can I just say yummy and I am ready for this. It’s time to speak. You have been looking at...